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  • Journalist 'groped' in front of live camera in Cologne

    02/05/2016 10:10:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Feb 2016 16:23 GMT+01:00
    A Belgian journalist has said she was groped while on live television at the Cologne Karneval. "At first they were just making faces behind me. Then a hand landed on my breast. I was shocked," said RTBF journalist Esmeralda Labye, describing the incident that took place in the Alter Markt district of town. The chances of the two men being caught are high - the whole incident was caught on camera. Police are now investigating the case. A section of the video seen by The Local shows a man of European appearance making lewd gestures behind the reporter. The full...
  • EU representative in Israel caught smuggling gold, drugs

    02/04/2016 4:53:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 2/4/2016, 4:38 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    A very unusual case of smuggling took place on Thursday, as huge quantities of gold, steroids and smart phones were found in the car of a European Union (EU) representative in Israel, as he drove into the country from Jordan. Dozens of kilograms of gold, hundreds of smartphones and a full package of steroid drugs were discovered by customs inspectors in the car as it tried to pass through the Allenby Border Crossing from Jordan, reports Channel 2. The EU diplomat was detained and later released, and his driver - an Arab resident of the northern Atarot neighborhood of Jerusalem...
  • Town Hall Meeting Erupts After German Mayor Says Schoolgirls Should "Not Provoke" Refugees

    02/03/2016 2:39:30 PM PST · by amorphous · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3 Feb 2016 | Tyler Durden
    As Europe struggles to cope with a migrant crisis that's already the worst refugee catastrophe since World War II and which threatens to spiral even further out of control once the weather turns in the spring, officials have offered a variety of possible "solutions" to the various refugee-related "problems" that have cropped up. Some are better than others. One idea that didn't go over too well was a suggestion by Cologne mayor Henriette Reker, who last month said it was German women's responsibility to keep would-be assailants at arms length and to adopt an appropriate "code of conduct." That, some...
  • North America, China power GM to record $9.7b annual profit

    02/03/2016 10:09:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 3, 2016 12:25 PM EST | Tom Krisher
    If you're an automaker, especially one from Detroit, conditions probably aren't going to be better for you to make a lot of cash. For General Motors, that's what happened last year as the company posted a record $9.7 billion net profit. [...] Yet even with the earnings, GM gets no respect from the stock market. Its shares were down 3.5 percent at midday Wednesday to $28.61. Investors haven't been kind to auto stocks for years. GM shares are down more than 15 percent in the past year, and are more than $4 below the company's initial public offering price of...
  • New army camo 'can fool night vision goggles' (Germany's Bundeswehr)

    02/02/2016 1:41:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 Feb 2016 16:30 GMT+01:00
    A new type of camouflage developed for the Bundeswehr (German army) has been designed to fool even enemies using night vision equipment. The Bundeswehr Scientific Institute (Wiweb) has been working on the new design for several years, and now believes it finally has a replacement for the traditional Flecktarn pattern, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported on Tuesday. With a larger percentage of the surface devoted to sand colours, the new pattern -- which is designed to be used in all kinds of different environments -- is more useful in desert areas like Afghanistan, where more than 800 German troops are...
  • PM blasted over 'SHAM' EU deal: Cameron is 'playing us all for FOOLS'

    02/01/2016 6:28:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 00:03, Tue, Feb 2, 2016 | Macer Hall,
    EU Council President Donald Tusk will present the draft agreement between Britain and Europe - which he hopes will keep the UK in the union - at noon on Tuesday. He claimed "good progress" had been made over the last two days while admitting there were "still outstanding issues". But Tory MPs and other Euro-sceptic campaigners were already indicating that the draft deal will far fall short of their aspirations for a fundamental change in Britain's relationship with the EU. Ukip deputy leader Paul Nuttall said: "The theatrics and drama of David Cameron's sham renegotiation continues and he is playing...
  • France calls on US to lift economic embargo on Cuba (after Raúl Castro visits)

    02/01/2016 1:34:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 1, 2016 3:50 PM EST | Sylvie Corbet
    France called on the U.S. to lift the economic embargo against Cuba during a historic state visit Monday by the Caribbean island's president aimed at boosting economic relations between Havana and Paris. Raul Castro's trip comes after a breakthrough deal was reached in the French capital in December to lighten Cuba's foreign debt. French President Francois Hollande, the former leader of France's Socialist party, greeted Castro on Monday with a warm hug in the courtyard of the Elysee presidential palace, and then started the meeting saying "Vive Cuba!" ("Long live Cuba!") Both presidents vowed to develop economic, political and cultural...
  • Raul Castro visits France on historic trip as Cuba opens up

    02/01/2016 9:46:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2016 12:10 PM EST | Sylvie Corbet
    Cuban President Raul Castro is paying an historic state visit to France, seeking to develop business and tourism ties as the Caribbean island opens up its economy. The trip comes after a breakthrough deal was reached in Paris in December to lighten Cuba's foreign debt - and days after France hosted the leader of another long-time pariah state: Iran. Castro, 84, is on his first official trip to Europe since taking over from his elder brother Fidel in 2006. The Cuban president briefly stopped to Rome last year to meet with Pope Francis. ...
  • European Space Agency launches new laser communications hub

    01/30/2016 7:01:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 7:55 AM EST
    The European Space Agency says a new laser terminal has been launched into orbit as part of wider efforts to develop Europe's first optical communications network, a system able to monitor natural disasters and other catastrophes. The European Data Relay System terminal, launched Friday from Kazakhstan, was released from its host satellite Saturday morning. ...
  • GPs criticize ‘nationalization’ of family doctor services [Ireland]

    01/30/2016 5:34:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 01/30/2016 | Paul Cullen
    Family doctors have criticized the Government for seeking to "nationalize" general practice with plans to extend free GP care to all children. Speakers at the National Association of GPs conference called for a campaign of resistance to plans for a progressive extension of GP medical cards to all children. The Government plans to extend the scheme to children aged under 12 years later this year and to all children shortly after. Limerick GP Charlie Gavin said he signed the contract out of fear. "My fear was my practice would not continue, I had a letter from the Government saying they...
  • Anti-Islamic group Pegida Ireland to be launched at Dublin rally

    01/30/2016 2:07:30 PM PST · by annalex · 22 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 1/30/2016 | Barry Roche
    Anti-Islamic group Pegida Ireland to be launched at Dublin rally Launch on February 6th designed to coincide with anti-Islam protests across Europe Former English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and Peter O'Loughlin of Identity Ireland pictured at a press conference in Cork.Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision Anti-Islamisation group Pegida, which was founded in Germany, will formally announce an Irish branch at a protest rally in Dublin next weekend. It is among a series of Europe-wide demonstrations against the growth of Islam in Europe. Peter O'Loughlin of Identity Ireland confirmed that Pegida Ireland would be unveiled at a rally on February 6th...
  • EU official backs German migrant fuel tax idea

    01/30/2016 11:51:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 30 Jan 2016 16:24 GMT+01:00
    A German proposal for a continent-wide fuel tax to help finance the absorption of migrants has won backing from the European commissioner for the euro, news magazine Spiegel reported Saturday. Germany's Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, had last week floated the idea of introducing a tax on petrol in Europe to help cover the costs of tackling the continent's worst migration crisis since World War II. "A fuel tax, at a national or European level, could be a possible source of financing, especially if you take into account petrol prices are at a historical low," Valdis Dombrovskis told the magazine. ...
  • Italian academics call for boycott of Israeli universities

    01/30/2016 7:17:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 01.29.16, 23:33 | Itamar Eichner
    The academic boycott against Israel continues to broaden, with a new petition signed by 168 academics and researchers in Italy calling to suspend all agreements with Israeli universities as well as the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology in Haifa. The petition comes three months after 343 British academics signed another petition calling for an academic boycott of Israeli universities on the grounds that they participate in violations of international law and support the occupation. [...] Among the boycott measures proposed by the petition are the cessation of all collaboration with the Technion and other Israeli universities, including academic and cultural...
  • EU leaders: 'No link' between Cologne sex attacks and migrant crisis

    01/29/2016 5:58:01 PM PST · by presidio9 · 74 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 29 Jan 2016 | Matthew Holehouse
    The sex attacks that took place in Cologne on New Year's Eve were simply a "matter of public order" and had nothing to do with the refugee crisis, Jean-Claude Juncker’s inner circle believe. The European Commission will be the "voice of reason" and tell the public that there is no link between the migration crisis affecting the continent and attacks on women in Germany, internal minutes disclose, amid growing concerns at a "xenophobic" backlash. The minutes of the European Commission's weekly cabinet meeting from January 13 hint at officials' fears that the events in Cologne could turn public opinion sharply...
  • 40 percent of Germans want Merkel to quit over refugees: poll [What about the other 60%?]

    01/29/2016 9:42:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Berlin (AFP) - Nearly 40 percent of German voters think Chancellor Angela Merkel should quit over her liberal asylum policy after almost 1.1 million newcomers arrived last year, a poll showed Friday. As the mood in Germany has shifted from a euphoric welcome for people fleeing war and persecution last September to growing doubts about the country's ability to accommodate and integrate the record influx, the popular Merkel has come under increasing pressure. However, the poll for Focus news magazine conducted by the independent opinion research institute Insa among 2,047 German citizens showed that a larger share -- nearly 45...
  • Iran: European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran

    01/28/2016 8:48:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2016 2:47 PM EST | Nasser Karimi
    Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the state-owned IRAN daily reported on Thursday. The newspaper quoted Mohammad Khodakarami, deputy head of Iran's civil aviation authority, as saying British Airways officials visited Tehran on Tuesday to discuss resumption of flights. He did not elaborate. Khodakarami also said both Air France and Dutch flagship KLM have already expressed their readiness to resume flights to Tehran. ...
  • EU VAT review could end Britain's exemption on food, medicine and children's clothing

    01/28/2016 7:11:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:34PM GMT 28 Jan 2016 | Steven Swinford
    David Cameron has vowed to resist plans by the European Union to bar Britain from waiving VAT on food, medicine and children's clothing, a senior EU official said. Pierre Moscovici, the Economics Commissioner, said that Britain's "zero rate" for VAT on a number of items is "not the best idea" and suggested it will be looked at as part of a review by the European Commission. It will fuel controversy as David Cameron holds a series of meetings as he prepares to call a referendum on Britain's continued membership of the of the European Union. ...
  • More Germans are arming themselves

    01/28/2016 6:28:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 27.01.2016 | Wolfgang Dick
    For weeks arms sellers and regulatory agencies have seen increased demand for gun permits. Enrollment in self-defense courses is also up. Police say that is not yet a problem. Gun sellers say that most customers want a pistol that can fit easily into a handbag or a small drawer in the night table. "People no longer feel safe, otherwise they would not be buying so many products here," says a seller in North-Rhine Westphalia. [...] Germany has strict gun laws which stipulate that weapons may only be purchased under very specific circumstances. But with the so-called small arms permit, citizens...
  • Most German conservatives support gay marriage: poll (YouGov)

    01/28/2016 8:53:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jan 2016 16:10 GMT+01:00
    Over two-thirds of Germans want gay marriage to be legalized, bringing gay rights in line with those of heterosexual couples, a survey by YouGov published on Thursday shows. [...] Across the political spectrum, Germans said they wanted to see a change in the law. A total of 61 percent of voters for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Union said they were for legalization, suggesting that the Chancellor's opposition to gay marriage is now out of step with her own voter base. [...] Sixty-eight percent of Catholics were in favor, and 67 percent of Protestants. Within both religions, just over a quarter...
  • Mississippi could debate firing squad as execution method

    01/27/2016 4:32:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 7:18 PM EST | Emily Wagster Pettus
    Mississippi's attorney general said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution in case the state is prevented from giving lethal injections. States are struggling to obtain execution drugs since European pharmaceutical companies began blocking the use of their products for lethal injections. Executions are on hold in Mississippi because the state's supply of lethal-injection drugs expired. In October, Ohio delayed executions for a year while it searches for the drugs. ...
  • EU head tears into 'Holocaust deniers sitting in EU parliament'

    01/27/2016 6:25:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 1/27/2016, 3:32 PM | Yoni Kempinski
    The President of the European Parliament has hailed the "miracle" of Jewish life reemerging in Germany once more, while warning that "the demons of the past" were making a return to the shores of Europe in the form of rising anti-Semitism. Speaking in Brussels on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Martin Schulz told the assembled Jewish and European leaders that the fact that "more than 100,000 Jewish people live again in my home country, in Germany, for me it is a miracle." But he warned that "miracle" was under threat, with increasing numbers of Jews leaving Europe as anti-Semitism continues to...
  • Italy hides ancient museum nudes from Iranian president (dhimmitude)

    01/26/2016 11:59:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2016 2:50 PM EST | Frances D’Emilio
    A decision by Italian officials to cover up ancient nude statues to not offend Iran's visiting president is drawing ridicule in Rome. Ahead of a news conference Monday with Premier Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, wooden panels were erected around some Roman statues in Rome's Capitoline Museums. When images of the cover-up made the Italian media Tuesday, politicians from across the spectrum decried and derided the decision. The museum said Tuesday that the premier's office wanted the statues along Rouhani's path to the news conference covered up. Renzi's office declined to comment. ...
  • Germany's 'dirty deal' with Libya to stop migrants?

    01/23/2016 4:27:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 20.01.2016 | Ben Knight
    Germany's opposition Left party has expressed its suspicions of a "dirty deal" after German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen raised the prospect of sending troops to Libya to support a potential unity government in the fractured North African country. [...] Germany is one of a number of states (including Italy, France and Britain) currently discussing Libya in Rome, alongside representatives of the European Union and the United Nations, and van Aken claims that not only is a senior Bundeswehr officer among the German delegation, but the countries are planning to send in ground troops. "The plans for Libya go...
  • Could Paris, Cologne Attacks Happen in America?

    01/23/2016 11:22:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/23/2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A number of U.S. experts on policy and migration have shot down fears of the shootings in Paris and the sex attacks in Cologne happening in America, noting that a direct link with the influx of refugees has not been established in either case, and affirming that America has a strict vetting system. There has been significant debate in the U.S. over the question of whether 100,000 refugees fleeing war and terrorism should be allowed into the country. Some notable voices, such as evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham, have directly suggested that attacks, such as the major shootings in...
  • RT journalist attacked by knife-wielding gang in Calais (France; religion de paix)

    01/23/2016 5:30:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    RT ^ | 22 Jan, 2016 18:20
    RT UK's journalist Rob Edwards was attacked by a gang of knife-wielding 'Arabs' in the refugee hub of Calais. He made a narrow escape after being pinned down. Edwards reported that the scene had been pretty peaceful in the daytime. He had been there for one week. However, on Friday, the situation has changed. ...
  • France tells UK 'the eurozone is more important than you'

    01/22/2016 6:31:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 21 Jan 2016 15:21 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    France said Thursday that a British exit from the European Union would be a tragedy, but warned that Britain's demands for reform could not be met at any price. French President Francois Hollande said Thursday he would be "particularly vigilant" during talks with Britain while the PM Manuel Valls said the UK was unlikely to win over EU leaders in the next few weeks. [...] "France wants Great Britain to stay in the European Union - that's in the interests of Europe and the United Kingdom," he said. "But I will be particularly vigilant so that the eurozone can continue...
  • Podemos propose pact to lock conservatives out of power [Spain]

    01/22/2016 6:24:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 22 Jan 2016 12:54 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    The leader of Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, on Friday proposed forming a government with the Socialists, making a left-wing governing alliance more likely after last month's inconclusive election. Iglesias told a news conference he had informed King Felipe VI of "our desire to form a government of change with the Socialists and the United Left" and that he would seek the post of deputy prime minister. [...] Last month's general election produced a hung parliament in which a ruling majority cannot easily be formed. Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party won the most seats, 119, but...
  • Facebook Unfriends Free Speech

    01/21/2016 6:06:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    LifeZette PoliZette ^ | 01/21/2016 | Edmund Kozak
    In a worrying development for free speech and the free exchange of ideas, Facebook has announced a Europeanwide initiative to combat so-called online extremism and "hate speech." The social media giant pledged to spend over $1 million on the new "Initiative for Civil Courage Online," which it launched in Berlin in partnership with the German Ministry of Justice and other organizations. It has even hired a unit of publisher Bertelsmann to monitor and delete "racist" posts on its site in Germany. But critics are concerned the initiative will be used to suppress the free speech of conservative and populist critics...
  • Revealed: Who's funding Israel's far-left?

    01/21/2016 2:35:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 1/21/2016, 3:48 PM | Ari Yashar
    As radical leftist NGOs continue to garner attention for their politicized impact on public discourse, Jerusalem-based research institute NGO Monitor this week released a database revealing just where they get their massive funds from. [...] A staggering total of over 261 million shekels ($66 million) was received by the 27 NGOs in the course of the two years, and of that amount 65% - consisting of nearly 170 million shekels - came from foreign governments. Another 34%, nearly 89 million shekels, was raked in from private donors and foundations, while the last 1%, over two-and-a-half million shekels, came from unclear...
  • UK doctors try to oust Israel from World Medical Association

    01/20/2016 10:23:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    INN ^ | 1/20/2016, 6:52 PM | Cynthia Blank
    A group of 71 British physicians have begun to exert pressure on the World Medical Association (WMA) to revoke the membership of the Israel Medical Association (IMA), it was revealed in a Knesset meeting on Wednesday. IMA representative Dr. Ze'ev Feldman announced the disturbing new step during a Knesset Science and Technology Committee meeting on the subject of boycotts against Israeli academic institutions. "The sword of the boycott has been raised against the scientific medical community in Israel," he declared, warning that Israel’s medical doctors are "in grave danger." "The professional British journals have adopted the idea of letters to...
  • Millions of British households to get pro-EU leaflets

    01/18/2016 10:19:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EUBusiness ^ | 18 January 2016, 20:52 CET
    Leaflets outlining the benefits of remaining in the EU will appear in millions of letter boxes in England this week as a possible agreement on the reforms demanded by Britain begins to take shape. Some 10 million brochures will be sent around England -- the part of Britain where opposition to the European Union is at its highest -- by Britain Stronger in Europe, the campaign group leading the movement to stay in. Among the mostly economic arguments made in the leaflets are the jobs created by EU membership, greater consumer choice, lower prices as well as the investment coming...
  • Only 20 refugees have applied to come to Ireland in EU plan

    01/18/2016 6:54:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 01/18/2016 | Ruadhán Mac Cormaic
    Ireland has been asked to take in just 20 asylum seekers under a stuttering European Union scheme aimed at relocating 160,000 people from war-torn states such as Syria and Iraq. The Government agreed to accept 2,600 asylum seekers under the initiative, which was designed to ease pressure on Greece and Italy by dispersing new arrivals across EU states. But political and logistical obstacles, as well as low take-up, have resulted in just 322 people being relocated to date across the 28-country EU. ...
  • Authority of new EU force to supercede that of member states

    12/15/2015 11:04:40 AM PST · by csvset · 26 replies
    France24 ^ | 15 december 2015 | AFP
    The European Commission unveiled plans for a new external border and coastguard force that will be able to intervene even without the host country's consent on Tuesday, saying it had to restore EU security threatened by the migration crisis. The new agency will have a rapid reaction force of 1,500 guards and a "right to intervene" in European Union nations that are either overwhelmed by a migration influx or are deemed to be failing to secure their frontiers. With 1 million mainly Syrian refugees and migrants set to arrive in Europe by the end of this year, the record movement...
  • Iran deal 'historic success for diplomacy' - Germany

    01/18/2016 12:02:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Jan 2016 14:23 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    The July 2015 agreement officially entered into force after key United Nations confirmation that Tehran has shrunk its atomic program, triggering the lifting of painful international sanctions on the Islamic republic. "The Iranian nuclear program will now for many years be subjected to strict technical restrictions and close monitoring," said Steinmeier, whose country was among the six world powers that negotiated the landmark deal with Tehran. ...
  • Germany's Vatican ambassador: 'Islam is part of the solution'

    01/17/2016 6:39:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 17.01.2016 | (Astrid Prange/gro)
    Germany's ambassador to the Vatican, Annette Schavan, still sees religion as a peacemaker, despite wars and terrorism. In an interview with DW, she calls for more interfaith dialogue and respect between all religions. [...] 'There are warmongers who embrace religion. But that does not mean that religion promotes war. Religion has the great power to bring peace. People are upset by the numerous attacks and wonder, "Should we equate these images of violence with Islam?" One gets the impression that Islam is part of the problem. But that's not true. It must become clear that it is part of the...
  • EU: Belgium gave illegal tax breaks totaling $760 million

    01/17/2016 7:52:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 11, 2016 8:22 AM EST | Raf Casert
    The European Union has ordered Belgium to recover some $760 million in illegal tax breaks from 35 multinationals, its latest ruling against the sweet deals many member states offered to some of the world's biggest companies. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Monday the tax advantage given to a select group of mainly European companies "distorts competition" by putting smaller competitors "on an unequal footing." "National tax authorities cannot give any company, however large, however powerful an unfair competitive advantage compared to others," Vestager said. "This scheme puts smaller competitors at an unfair disadvantage." ...
  • Germany's finance minister proposes petrol tax to fund refugees (gasoline tax)

    01/17/2016 6:50:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 17.01.2016 | [mg/jlw (AFP, Reuters)]
    Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says an EU-wide tax on petrol could help finance refugees and strengthen the bloc's borders. His comments come after sexual assaults by foreigners in Cologne caused uproar. "I've said if the funds in the national budgets and the European budget are insufficient, then let us agree to set up, for instance, a tax on a certain amount on each liter of gasoline," Schaeuble told the "Sueddeustche Zeitung" daily. "We have to secure Schengen's external borders now. The solution to these problems must not founder due to a limitation of funds," he added. Schaeuble went on to...
  • US, EU lift sanctions against Iran amid landmark nuke deal

    01/16/2016 2:12:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2016 4:52 PM EST | George Jahn and Bradley Klapper
    The U.N. nuclear agency certified Saturday that Iran has met all of its commitments under last summer's landmark nuclear deal, crowning years of U.S.-led efforts to crimp Iran's ability to make atomic weapons. For Iran, the move lifts Western economic sanctions that have been in place for years, unlocking access to $100 billion in frozen assets and unleashing new opportunities for its battered economy. "The multinational economic and financial sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program are lifted," Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief, said in a joint statement also read in Farsi by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad...
  • Iran to buy 114 jets from Airbus - Tasnim news agency

    01/16/2016 11:58:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:23pm GMT | Sam Wilkin and Tim Hepher
    Iran plans to buy 114 civil aircraft from European aircraft maker Airbus, the transport minister was quoted as saying on Saturday, ahead of the anticipated lifting of international sanctions on Iran. "We have taken the first step in agreeing with Airbus to buy 114 planes," Abbas Akhoondi was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency. Airbus said it was not engaging in commercial talks with Iran until sanctions had been lifted. ...
  • EU launches unprecedented probe into new Polish laws

    01/16/2016 2:10:01 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | AFP
    Brussels (AFP) - The European Union launched an unprecedented probe on Wednesday into controversial legal changes introduced by Poland's new right-wing government to see if they violate EU democracy rules and merit punitive measures. The move comes amid growing concern over reforms to Poland's constitutional court and increased control over state media adopted by the conservative, eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS), which swept to power in October. "Today we have decided that the Commission will carry out a preliminary assessment on this matter under the rule of law framework," European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans said after a special debate...
  • Once staunch critic, Cyprus now sees Israel as fighting for its survival

    01/16/2016 12:44:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/12/2016 00:45 | Herb Keinon
    Cyprus no longer sees Israel as an aggressive country imposing its will by force on the Palestinians, but rather as a small nation fighting for survival in the face of much greater odds, Averof Neophytou, head of the country's center-right ruling party said on Monday. [...] For years, he said, Cyprus had the "wrong perception of Israel," partly because it was for so long an active member of the Non-Aligned Movement, before joining the EU in 2004. "For decades Israel was blamed for creating the instability in the region, but can anyone credibly blame Israel for the instability in Syria,...
  • 'Mein Kampf' sells out as publisher rushes to print more [Vaterland]

    01/14/2016 6:36:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Jan 2016 10:01 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The publisher of a new critical edition of Mein Kampf has said that more copies of the Adolf Hitler manifesto will have to be printed due to enormous demand. "It's available like any other book, but because of the special circumstances there is a certain waiting time," a spokeswoman for the Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) in Munich said. The IfZ published its annotated version of Hitler's infamous text at the start of this year, saying that it wanted to make sure a critical version was available as soon as the copyright expired. ...
  • Poland rebukes ‘left-wing’ EU commission

    01/14/2016 12:08:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12 Jan 2016 15:58 | Andrew Rettman
    Poland has accused the Dutch EU commissioner, Frans Timmermans, of "left-wing" bias and "astonishing" ignorance in trying to "exert pressure" on constitutional reform. If Timmermans had expected a conciliatory reply, on technical issues, after he asked the Polish justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, in December to explain the reforms, then he would have been surprised on Monday evening (11 January). [...] Ziobro's letter arrived shortly before the commission holds a debate on Poland on Wednesday. [...] Some commissioners, such as Germany's Guenther Oettinger, have said Poland should be placed under a supervisory mechanism, which could lead to EU sanctions. ...
  • Western Europe Jewish migration to Israel hits all-time high

    01/14/2016 9:57:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 14, 2016 10:03 AM EST | Aron Heller
    Jewish immigration to Israel from western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, a leading nonprofit group said Thursday. The Jewish Agency, which works closely with the Israeli government and acts as a link for Jews around the world, reported that 9,880 western European Jews immigrated to Israel in 2015 -- the highest annual number ever. The vast majority, close to 8,000, came from France where a rise in anti-Semitic attacks has shattered the sense of security of the world's third-largest Jewish population. ...
  • Politician Sends Busload of Refugees to Germany's Merkel

    01/14/2016 8:55:28 AM PST · by maggief · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 14, 2016 | ANDY ECKARDT
    Officials in a small German community have sent a message to protest the government's open-arms refugee policy: A busload of migrants bound for Chancellor Angela Merkel's office. Bavaria's Landshut district put more than 30 migrants on a 340-mile journey Thursday to Merkel's office in an attempt to highlight the difficulties it is facing in coping with an influx of migrants. "The housing situation in our region is very difficult and there is a good chance these people will become homeless," Elmar Stoettner, a spokesman for the district, told NBC News by telephone on Thursday. All the migrants had chosen to...
  • Criminal foreigners to be more easily deported (from Germany)

    01/12/2016 7:45:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Jan 2016 15:40 GMT+01:00
    The coalition government has come to agreement on a law which will make it easier to deport foreigners who break German law. Foreigners who commit crimes such as sexual assault will in the future be more easily deported from the country, that is if a law agreed upon by the interior minister and the justice minister in Berlin on Tuesday is passed. According to the draft law, refugees will lose their right to asylum if they commit a crime that comes with a jail term of longer than a year, reports broadcaster N-tv. ...
  • Fifty-nine percent of Irish believe terrorists hiding among arriving refugees

    01/11/2016 12:57:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 11, 2016 01:16 AM
    Nearly three in five Irish people believe that terrorists would enter the country under Ireland's plan to accept 4,000 Syrian and other refugees over the next two years. According to a new opinion poll, 43 percent also believe that the number of refugees is too many, 34 percent believe it is the right amount, and 15 percent feel it is too few. The nationwide Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll was taken between December 5 and January 7, after the Paris attacks and before full details emerged of the sex attacks in Cologne, Germany, perpetrated by men of African and Middle Eastern...
  • Number of New Year’s Eve cases in Germany rises to over 600

    01/10/2016 9:42:59 PM PST · by Mariner · 38 replies
    AFP ^ | January 10th, 2016 | By Friederike Heine
    Attacks on women in Cologne and other German cities on New Year’s Eve have prompted more than 600 criminal complaints, with police suspicion resting on asylum seekers, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel and her open door migrant policy. The attacks, mostly targeting women and ranging from theft to sexual molestation, have prompted a highly-charged debate in Germany about its welcoming stance for refugees and migrants, more than one million of whom arrived last year. The sudden nature of the violent attacks and the fact that they stretched from Hamburg to Frankfurt prompted Germany’s justice minister Heiko Maas to speculate...
  • Germany springs to action over hate speech against migrants

    01/07/2016 7:42:52 AM PST · by mandaladon · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7 Jan 2016 | Anthony Faiola
    BERLIN — Donald Trump may be testing the boundaries of tolerance on the U.S. campaign trail. But here in Germany, the government is effectively enforcing civility, taking aim at a surge of hate speech against refugees and Muslims. As Western Europe’s most populous nation grapples with a historic wave of mostly-Muslim migrants, politicians and activists are decrying a rash of incendiary speech bubbling to the surface of German society. In a country whose Nazi past led to some of the strictest laws in the West protecting minorities from people inciting hatred, prosecutors are launching investigations into inflammatory comments as judges...
  • The Price Of Liberty And The Cost Of Energy

    01/04/2016 8:48:23 PM PST · by Randall_S
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 4, 2016 | Alex in Spain
    Should we look in another direction, or should we speak up about the reality of what is happening around the world? While a large number of people are brutally executed with or without reason – against the basic European principle of the right to live - we look in the other direction in order to ensure that we don’t suffer an increase in the cost of energy. Such an increase would, you see, compromise our businesses and economic performance. Life is valued cheaply when it does not affect our society directly. We still do business and depend on countries that...